How to Eliminate Acne without Spending Money

By Thorton Malcolm Published 07/5/2007 | Alternative Medicine

So, you have heard that there is nothing that you can do to treat your pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, acne, or acne scars without spending money on Proactiv, Accutane, or Retin-A. Although, Proactiv, Accutane, and Retin-A work for some individuals, they are not the only acne solutions. There are several things you can do from home to help your acne, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, or acne scars; and you dont have to use chemicals found in Proactiv, Accutane, and Retin-A to help your acne, many natural remedies have been proven to be extremely effective.

1.       Try Using Witch Hazel and Lemon Juice as an astringent. If you have oily skin and believe this exacerbates your acne or pimples, as the bacteria underneath, which has already clogged your pores, has trouble being released due to excess oil on the skins surface level, witch hazel and lemon juice are an all-natural remedy to remove excess oil from your skin. You can find organic witch-hazel at Vitamin Shoppe (wwwvitaminshoppecom). Lemon juice can be found at your local grocer.

2.       Drink more Tea. Tea has extremely effective skin-healing, purifying, and antioxidant properties that have been proven to aid in acne and acne scar reduction. Red Tea and Chamomile Tea have particularly been found to be therapeutic in reducing acne, acne scars, whiteheads, and blackheads. Additionally, chamomile has been found to stop acne, especially in the essential oil form because of its powerful effects. Celestial Seasonings (wwwcelestialseasoningscom) makes both chamomile and red teas and they cost relatively little. Drink about 2-3 cups a day. Your acne-prone skin will thank you. Use Splenda to sweeten them. You can also aid honey and lemon, which both are great for skin health and acne.

3.       Remove Excess Oils, Dirt, Toxins, and Free Radicals from Your Skin. Exfoliating is a must for anyone who has acne, pimples, or acne scars. The key, however, is not too overscrub your acne and to find a gentle acne cleanser. Look for a scrub that is all natural and contains scar and acne healing ingredients, such as lemon, baking soda, orange, chamomile, aloe vera, and salicylic acid. Beauty 4 Ashes Naturally Clear System, ( which recently won a 4.5 out of 5 star rating in Skin Health Magazine, creates an all natural acne system, which contains all of these things plus tons of other acne fighting goodies. It has received popular acclaim for its ability to lighten acne scars and remove blemishes without leaving the skin dry. It also has been show to treat many forms of acne, not simply acne vulgaris.

4.       Make an All Natural Acne-Eliminating Potion. Wash your face 2 times a day with the following: 1 Tablespoon of Witch Hazel, 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice, 1 Tablespoon of Brewed Green Tea, and Cup of Baking Soda. Your skin should show a difference.

Steam your face. Hold your face over a basin of warm, not scalding hot water for 1-2 minutes. Then place cold ice cubes on your pores. This will tighten your pores and help your acne.